How to Get Great Hair Highlights At Home Try using 2 colors instead of 1. Try using 1 color that's 2 shades lighter than your natural color & another color that's 2 shades darker. Alternate them/use them on different sections of your head. Just be sure they don't mix. Try painting on your highlights either starting 1-2" from root or only the last 1-2" of ends. color but less commitment!